Jimmy DeSana: Submission
November 11, 2022 - April 16, 2023
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Submission explores how groundbreaking photographer Jimmy DeSana (1949-1990) resisted and reimagined mainstream narratives about the body, sexuality, and the American Dream. Centered on his major series 101 Nudes, Submission, and Suburban, the exhibit weaves together DeSana’s interdisciplinary work in zines, performance art, mail art, and film. “Jimmy DeSana: Submission is the first museum survey of work by a significant yet overlooked figure in the histories of photography, New York City, and LGBTQ artists,” according to the Brooklyn Museum’s press release.
Throughout the retrospective, over two hundred works follow DeSana's art practice from suburban Atlanta, GA, to his immersion in New York City’s subcultures, including the punk and No Wave scenes. DeSana was known for building communities and showcasing his work outside the traditional art world. During his career, DeSana published his images in periodicals and collectives and worked as an actor and director. Included in the show are his portraits of leading musicians and artists, including Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Kenneth Anger, Patti Astor, David Byrne, John Giorno, Debbie Harry, and Richard Hell.
During his career, DeSanta expanded the field of conceptual photography. Constantly experimenting with gender constructs and the body, he created new ways to explore identity in American culture.
Jimmy DeSana: Submission will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from November 11, 2022 - April 16, 2023.
Brooklyn Museum: Jimmy DeSana: Submission
The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. At 560,000 square feet, the museum is New York City's second largest in physical size and holds an art collection with roughly 1.5 million works.